It’s testament to the power and originality of Tomas Alfredson’s horror classic LET THE RIGHT ONE IN that it only took Hollywood two years to produce it’s own version. The Swedish language film, adapted from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s bestselling book, is at it’s heart a sweet coming-of-age story about a bullied 12 year-old boy and the girl he befriends who happens to be a bloodsucking vampire.
The relationship between the two main characters is an excellent example of how friendship can ultimately help you find your own personal strength. Also, the way in which the film tackles complex themes such as morality and mortality is as compelling as it is shocking. It is by no means a generic horror movie; there is no endless ultra-violence for the sake of shock value and when the violence comes it is both horrific and brutal.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Most gruesome scene
It has to be the famous swimming pool scene that is as masterfully executed as it is shocking.